News Briefs

Published 10:00 pm Friday, October 21, 2016

► Mimosa Inn could be partially open soon

The Mimosa Inn could be partially open soon and with plans to be a full service bed & breakfast in the spring. The Tryon Board of Commissioners met Tuesday, Oct. 18 and heard from the owner who gave an update on the current renovations to the historic inn, located in Lynn.

► Tryon approves bike and pedestrian plan application

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The Town of Tryon is moving forward with a bicycle and pedestrian plan application with the Town of Columbus. The plan did not get funded by the N.C. Department of Transportation last year so this is a re-application.

The Tryon Board of Commissioners met Oct. 18 and approved the plan. Last year the Polk County Community Foundation agreed to provide the $5,000 match. Tryon is partnering with Columbus to review possibilities in Tryon and Columbus including Hwy. 108 connecting the two towns. The plan is needed in order for the towns to receive state funding for improvements.

► Tryon seeks volunteers for tourism office

The Town of Tryon is seeking volunteers for its tourism office downtown. The Tryon Board of Commissioners met Oct. 18 and heard from commissioner Roy Miller, who said there are people who may want to move here and want information about the town and the town doesn’t have anyone to staff the office.

Resident Marilyn Doheny suggested the town have a paid staff member work at the tourism office. Resident Joyce Kimpton said the town is looking for volunteers for tourism and the museum has the same problem. She suggested the tourism office, the museum and the Tryon Downtown Development Association work together on volunteers.

► New town manager thanked for service

Tryon Town Manager Zach Ollis was thanked during the town meeting on Oct. 18 for going above and beyond his duties. Resident Joyce Kimpton spoke during citizen comments to say she was told she didn’t need to say anything but she was recently outside on a Sunday and saw someone washing the stop signs.

“I have never in my life seen anybody who works for this town do that,” Kimpton told commissioners. She said the person was Ollis. Commissioner Roy Miller added that the town picked a good one in Ollis. Ollis began employment with the town in mid-August.